A venerable Old Montreal institution, most of the Gibbys structure was built at different points from 1765 to 1850; it was renovated in 1967 along with many other historical buildings in Old Montreal. This steakhouse is actually part of what was once called the Youville Stables, and is now known as a top steakhouse in Montreal. Known for their outstanding red meat and thick cuts, going to Gibbys is a pricey night out. We’re here to tell you if it’s worth it.
The Divas were here for their office Christmas party, with plenty of private rooms, a majestic fireplace, and tons of nooks and crannies like all grand buildings. We started with canapés being passed around, but our canapés are available as appetizers on their menu. We were obsessed with the grilled Jalapeno sirloin sausages. The perfect cross between a steak and sausage, served with a sweet mango chutney for an unexpected sweet twist.
The shrimp cocktail was exactly as we expected, plump shrimp were being passed around with the usual cocktail sauce that’s perfect for dipping. The size of each shrimp was impressive, coupled with our steak, it was the perfect surf n’ turf combination! We ate more than we should have, but we knew to keep room for that famous Gibbys’ steak.
All main courses were served with a choice of Gibbys salad (anchovies on request), gazpacho Andalous or a tomato and onion marinade. We decided to try both the Gibbys salad, a simple green salad with their signature dressing that is also bottled and sold at the restaurant. In the middle of our table, a bowl of the famous Gibbys pickles taunted us and we were soon eating more than our fair share. These too are sold in a jar for you to take home, and trust us they are juicy and perfect!
Since one of us ordered the salad, the other ordered the Gazpacho. A strange choice of soup for December but we absolutely love gazpacho so we were very pleased to see this as an option. The soup wasn’t too chunky but a few diced red peppers, celery and cucumbers were tossed in the corner of the soup for that extra crunch.
All main dishes at Gibbys were offered with the choice of baked potato, rice pilaf or a Monte Carlo potato. Diva #1 chose the Monte Carlo which is a double baked potato with bacon, sour cream and chives. The potato was god damn delicious but cold by the time it got to her. She also had to have the center cut petit filet mignon, rare of course; as if there is another way to eat red meat? The filet mignon was thick, juicy and properly cooked, Gibbys is a famous steakhouse after all!
A rib eye steak is more marbled by fat, thus a fattier steak than a filet mignon, it’s also known as the steak that tends to have the most flavour, if cooked well. Gibbys cooked it properly, a medium rare, and the meat was full of flavour. No sauce adorned the steak and none was needed but we asked for a side of mushroom sauce anyways, just to see what the fuss was about. We loved the mushroom sauce and it enhanced the taste of the rib eye, as did the accompanying baked potato that we lathered in butter. The steamed asparagus that both steak dishes came with was a touch outdated, the asparagus lacked salt or much flavour at all.
The desserts at Gibbys fell short, actually the chocolate mousse made us feel like we stepped into a time machine right back to the 1990s. The word mousse is used rather loosely, it was basically chocolate pudding in a parfait glass. Too sweet and topped with whipped cream, desserts in steakhouses have refined since desserts such as this chocolate mousse. The key lime pie was the better of the two desserts that we tried, but again, it fell short. It tasted like it was made with Shirriff key lime pie filling, instead of a lime curd made in house.
Gibbys, your steaks are big, juicy, tender, and cooked to perfection. You know your meat but your sides need some modernization, and your desserts need a lobotomy. Many of you will argue that you’re going to Gibbys for their steak and nothing else, but come on, what you choose to enjoy with your steak can deplete or enhance the whole experience. And at around 50$ a steak, well, needless to say that our expectations were set rather high.
Our Rating: As Expected
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